India

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I delete myself: anonymity and sexuality online

Posted Tue 23 Aug 2016 - 10:26 | 4,748 views
The fact that the Internet allows women to be anonymous has greatly aided in increased freedom of expression as well as in combating sexual discrimination, violence as well as domestic abuse. Even with the points in favour of right to anonymity being far and wide, it is not seen as a priority in many countries. Human rights activists and the civil society are only beginning to acknowledge that...

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Women's safety? There is an app for that

Posted Thu 19 May 2016 - 13:36 | 6,191 views
There are myriad mobile phone apps meant to be deployed for personal safety, but technical wizardry perhaps makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that technology is not a saviour but a tool or an enabler. Technology alone cannot be the panacea of a problem that is deeply complex and, in reality, rooted in society and governance.

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Keeping women safe? Gender, online harassment and Indian law

Posted Sun 1 May 2016 - 18:28 | 3,956 views
Findings of the Internet Democracy Project research study, ‘”Don’t Let It Stand!”: An Exploratory Study of Women and Verbal Online Abuse in India’, indicate that women in India develop a variety of strategies to deal with the verbal threats they face. However, these strategies very rarely include the law,resulting in a silence around questions of legal effectiveness and recourse for online verbal...

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Of Porn, Morality and Censorship: A Perspective from India

Posted Wed 10 Jul 2013 - 17:51 | 10,467 views
Filed in April 2013, a legal petition that calls for a ban on pornography on account of its linkage to sexual violence in India has raised several eyebrows and debates within the country. This piece written by Richa Kaul Padte explores the context for this proposed legislation, the social and legal cultures in which it sits, and its implications for internet censorship within India.

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Women and online abuse in India: Submission to Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Posted Wed 8 May 2013 - 18:20 | 3,667 views
In the Indian context, the internet has played a critical role in opening up rights for women on one side of the digital divide, giving them access to vital (at times, life altering) information and an opportunity to exercise (some for the first time) their right to free speech and expression through platforms such as blogs, micro blogs and social media. However, as in their lives offline, in the...

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‘Choli ke peeche kya hai?’: censorship and pornography

Posted Mon 25 Mar 2013 - 13:20 | 6,877 views
The discourse of censorship is well-known to most people, as India’s right-wing moral brigades routinely flock to the streets to prevent everything from item numbers in Bollywood films to sex education posters in trains to the greeting-card shop Archies (for its ‘promotion’ of Valentine’s Day) from going ahead. But what does this mean for freedom of speech and expression in the country? And more...

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Security risks online: How much information do you give away?

Posted Tue 19 Mar 2013 - 12:23 | 4,754 views
Imagine the life of an Indian gender or sexuality rights activist. What work do they do? Who do they interact with? What threats do they face? Here are some snapshots (created by participants).

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Mechanics and governance of the internet

Posted Mon 18 Mar 2013 - 15:06 | 4,186 views
The internet is an important part of many of our daily lives, work and activism - but how many of us actually understand what it is? Beyond mechanics, questions around who governs the internet are key to contextualising the struggle for rights - including sexuality rights - online.

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EROTICS India: Women, sexuality and the internet

Posted Fri 15 Mar 2013 - 00:00 | 6,664 views
Within the arena of ‘women, sexuality and the internet’, the usual suspects of pornography, indecency, and non-consensual videography are often the first topics that come to mind. But women aren’t just subjects on the internet – they are users, too. A presentation at the EROTICS India workshop overturned some common assumptions by highlighting experiences of women online.

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EROTICS India: meet the participants

Posted Tue 12 Mar 2013 - 14:52 | 6,142 views
Bringing together sexual rights activists, women’s groups and internet activists, the first EROTICS India workshop – organised by Point of View, APC (Association for Progressive Communications) and the Internet Democracy Project - explored the relationship between sexual rights activism, sexuality, and the Internet. Focusing on issues ranging from rights to security to advocacy, the workshop...